Ukraine's local elections to be held under martial law?

Ukraine's local elections to be held under martial law?

Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has submitted to the parliament a bill amending the law "On endorsing the presidential decree on the declaration of martial law in Ukraine," which will make it possible to hold elections in the country’s regions where martial law has been introduced.

The bill will make it possible to "hold elections in the united territorial communities, where a special legal regime has been introduced," presidential envoy to the Verkhovna Rada Irina Lutsenko said at a meeting of the Rada’s conciliation board.

Rada Speaker Andrei Paruby noted that elections could be threatened in almost 40 newly-created united territorial communities following the declaration of martial law as no elections, including local ones, could be conducted under martial law.

"It was agreed during consultations that today, the Ukrainian president would submit a relevant bill, which would tackle this legal issue," TASS cited him as saying. The Rada speaker added that he expected the bill to be passed later in the week.

On November 26, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada approved Poroshenko’s decree declaring a 30-say martial law in the Vinnitsa, Lugansk, Nikolayevsk, Odessa, Sumy, Kharkov, Chernigov, Donetsk, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, as well as in Ukraine’s territorial waters in the Sea of Azov.

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